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Americans across the country have been suffering from the crisis at the Southern Border, leading many to realize less immigration may be the answer, according to a recent Gallup poll released Monday.

The poll found 38 percent of Americans want immigration to decrease, while 31 percent want it to stay at present levels, and 27 percent want to increase immigration.

This change in opinion is the first time since 2014 that a plurality of Americans polled wanted to see immigration decreased, with Republicans leading the way as 69 percent want less migration into the country.

Meanwhile, 33 percent of independents and only 17 percent of Democrats share that same point of view. 

“While today’s attitudes are generally in line with the close division of views seen over the past several years, they mark a return to more Americans wanting immigration decreased rather than increased,” Gallup summarized. “That has been the norm throughout Gallup’s history of polling on this since 1965.” 

“Americans’ support for expanding immigration reached its all-time high of 34% two years ago and held there, at 33%, in 2021, before dipping to this year’s 27%,” the article added. “Over the same two-year period, the desire to see immigration decreased has risen 10 points from its all-time low of 28%.” 

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Gallup also found 7 out of 10 Americans believe immigration has an overall positive effect on the United States, however, the rate has dropped from 77 percent in 2020 to 70 percent today — and there is a distinct divide between parties.

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“Democrats (86%) are nearly twice as likely as Republicans (46%) to say immigration is a good thing for the country. Independents’ outlook, with 75% calling it a good thing, is far closer to Democrats’ than Republicans’ views on the issue.”

Gallup attributes the recent change in attitude towards immigration to the chaos at the Southern Border. In response, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has sent busloads of illegal immigrants to Washington D.C. and New York City — leading local politicians in those Democratic blue strongholds to request federal assistance in solving the issue.

“As a fairly young country, the United States has relied on immigration for its economic and cultural vitality, and Americans largely embrace it as beneficial. But the border crisis of recent years has sparked a highly partisan debate about how to handle the large demand for entry to the U.S. from Central and South America, and that is likely affecting Americans’ views toward immigration generally,” Gallup concluded from their findings. “With a large majority of Republicans wanting immigration decreased, half of Democrats wanting it increased and independents somewhere in the middle, the country as a whole is sharply torn on the issue,” 

While the majority of citizens seemingly still see immigration as a net positive for the country, the crisis on the border and the broken immigration system currently in place have been hurting such outlooks.

As more Americans across the country begin to feel the consequences of the backwards immigration policies of President Joe Biden’s administration, thanks to policies pursued by the Texas GOP governor — the desire for decreased migration may continue to rise, as sanity begins to return to the U.S. 

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